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Restore civilian Govt: Saudi, UAE, UK, US urge Sudan Military

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Washington DC: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States have urged the restoration of civilian government in Sudan after the last week's coup in the African country, Al Jazeera reported.

The four nations requested the same in a joint statement issued on Wednesday by the US Department of State. The statement came as a mediation effort to quell the crisis going on in Sudan.

The two Arab countries of the four have close ties with Sudan's ruling military and have emphasised stability in the country.

The statement said that they encourage the release of all the detainees in connection to recent events and the lifting of the state emergency. They encourage dialogue between all parties, and there is no place for violence in Sudan. The peace and security of the people of Sudan is the top priority, the statement added.

The US was in the front in condemning the military's takeover of power on October 25. The coup has interrupted the country's already fragile transition to democracy, in which power was shared with the civilian government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Hamdok was initially detained and put under house arrest.

The US administration has frozen a 700 million dollar economic support to Sudan that was in the pipeline. The Sudan military also faced pressure from the African Union after it suspended the country until civilian-led transitional authority was restored effectively.

Meanwhile, Sudan's neighbour Egypt was absent in the joint statement. The pro-democracy protesters in Sudan had focussed their anger on Egypt, taking to the streets to denounce the power grab.

Last week, the military chief Gene General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said he wanted to form a government of technocrats, and Hamdok could return to lead it. But on Wednesday, Hamdok's office denied the report that he agreed to lead a new government but insisted that detainees are released and governing bodies restored before going into any dialogue. In a Facebook post, his office added that Hamdok was being prevented from communicating with supporters.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed the Sudan issue with his Saudi and the UAE counterparts during the G20 and COP26 summits in recent days. US's special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, said that the Emirates share the US's concern about Sudan. The stability there depends on restoring the partnership between civilians and the military, he said. Though there were three casualties, Feltman lauded the restraint from both army and protesters during the nationwide anti-coup protest, which could have been a bloodbath.

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